Culture


Sisters of the Revolution

1 August 2015 Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, eds Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, reviewed by Kate Bradley

We Want People Who Can Draw

25 July 2015 Danielle Child writes on an exhibition of art school dissent

Why I wrote a play charting Israel’s violent birth

17 July 2015 Playwright Brian Rotman reflects on the background to his new play tracing the origins of the state of Israel

Glitch in the system

22 June 2015 Nim Ralph reviews the UK’s first queer, trans and intersex people of colour film festival

Seeking shelter: the ‘houseless poor’ of 19th century London

8 June 2015 Victorian Britain’s ‘houseless poor’ are given voice in a new exhibition, Lisa Vine writes

A Dionysus for all seasons

8 June 2015 Greek tragedy is enjoying something of a revival with some imaginative stagings of the ancient plays, writes Steve Platt

Cultural Capital

8 June 2015 Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain, by Robert Hewison, reviewed by Danielle Child

Women Against Fundamentalism

8 June 2015 Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity, by Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis (eds), reviewed by Charlotte Sykes

Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?

8 June 2015 Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom? by Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan R Cole (eds), reviewed by Houman Barekat

We Are Many: One day’s lasting legacy

4 June 2015 Jerry Whyte reviews We Are Many, a new documentary about the huge anti-war marches of 2003 – and their enduring effects more than a decade on

Artwash

1 June 2015 BP has been on the receiving end of a sustained campaign to end oil sponsorship of the arts. Mel Evans explains why this is an important issue to target

Udita: the women garment workers standing up for themselves

15 May 2015 Tansy Hoskins takes a look at Udita, the new film from acclaimed documentary makers Rainbow Collective about female garment workers in Bangladesh

Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change

6 May 2015 Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change, by Caroline Lucas, reviewed by Ian Sinclair

Art failure: the battle at the National Gallery

4 April 2015 Nim Ralph reports on how workers at the National Gallery are fighting back against privatisation

Authentic revolutionary: two books on Malcolm X

1 April 2015 Daniel Whittall reviews two books looking at when Malcolm X spoke to the Oxford Union

A Precariat Charter

19 March 2015 A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens, by Guy Standing, reviewed by John Palmer

Classic book: Open Veins of Latin America

28 February 2015 Grace Livingstone looks back at Open Veins of Latin America: Five centuries of the pillage of a continent, by Eduardo Galeano

Ujamaa

27 February 2015 Ujamaa: The hidden story of Tanzania’s socialist villages, by Ralph Ibbott, reviewed by Ruth London

Drug War Capitalism

26 February 2015 Drug War Capitalism, by Dawn Paley, reviewed by Jen Wilton

A happy ending for the romcom?

25 February 2015 The romantic comedy as we know it is dying – and it fills my feminist heart with joy, writes Jessie Thompson

Method and Madness

25 February 2015 Method and Madness: the hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza, by Norman G Finkelstein, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Captive Revolution

24 February 2015 Captive Revolution: Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle within the Israeli prison system, by Nahla Abdo, reviewed by Kitty Webster

Smelling salts for the left: Russell Brand’s Revolution

22 February 2015 What if you actually read Russell Brand's book, instead of dismissing it as the mainstream media has? Alex Nunns writes

The People: the rise and fall of the working class

1 December 2014 The People: the rise and fall of the working class, by Selina Todd, reviewed by Rhian Jones

World in Chains

1 December 2014 World in Chains: the impact of nuclear weapons and militarisation, by Angie Zelter (ed), reviewed by David Mackenzie

After Occupy

1 December 2014 After Occupy: Economic democracy for the 21st century, by Tom Malleson, reviewed by Michelle Zellers

Stop, Thief!

1 December 2014 Stop Thief! The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, by Peter Linebaugh, reviewed by Derek Wall

Pride in the fight

1 December 2014 Siobhan McGuirk celebrates the solidarity – and humour – of a film about when lesbians and gay people backed the miners

Building resistance: the rebel architects

1 December 2014 From floating cinemas to 14th-century disaster relief, Daniel Fitzpatrick explores how rebel architects are challenging the capital-intensive architecture of glass and steel

From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism

28 November 2014 When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

Musings of an urban market gardener

20 November 2014 A new book from OrganicLea, the food growing cooperative in East London, ponders the personal and political of growing food

Found in translation: poems from Palestine via Scotland

5 November 2014 Poet Liz Lochhead describes how an unlikely, made-in-Scotland anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry, translated into English, Scots, Scots-English, Gaelic and Shetlandic, makes for a fertile cultural exchange

From the archives: What’s the story? Ken Loach and Noel Gallagher in conversation

5 November 2014 Film director Ken Loach talks to Noel Gallagher, songwriting powerhouse of Oasis (Published in issue 21, February 1996)

Culture and Revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers

31 October 2014 Hamza Hamouchene introduces the revolutionary documentary, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

From the archives: Power to the people – John Lennon and Yoko Ono interview

30 October 2014 Lenin or Lennon? Red Pepper reprints John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s interview with Robin Blackburn and Tariq Ali (published in issue 21, February 1996)

A poet imprisoned

16 October 2014 Peter Stäuber reports on the shocking case of Talha Ahsan – the young British man unjustly extradited and jailed in a US ‘supermax’ prison

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis

7 October 2014 Trevor Evans reviews Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis, by Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakalotos

SOS Alternatives to Capitalism

6 October 2014 Jeremy Seabrook reviews SOS Alternatives to Capitalism (New Internationalist Publications, 2014) by Richard Swift

Intermittent support: how cuts are hitting artists in France

1 October 2014 French arts workers are battling cuts to a unique benefits scheme. Freddie Mason reports

My spy

1 October 2014 Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

Classic book: Assata, An Autobiography

1 October 2014 Selina Nwulu looks back at Assata Shakur's autobiography

The Battle for Justice in Palestine

1 October 2014 The Battle for Justice in Palestine, by Ali Abunimah, reviewed by Hilary Aked

The Squatters’ Movement in Europe

1 October 2014 The Squatters' Movement in Europe: Commons and autonomy as alternatives to capitalism, by Squatting Europe Kollective, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Reclaiming Local Democracy

1 October 2014 Reclaiming Local Democracy: A progressive future for local government, by Ines Newman, reviewed by Dexter Whitfield

From India to Palestine

1 October 2014 From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity, by Githa Hariharan (ed), reviewed by Puneet Dhaliwal

Change or be changed

16 September 2014 Kim Bryan reviews Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini

6 August 2014 Jane Shallice reviews Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini, by Luciana Castellina

Languages of the Unheard

1 August 2014 Languages of the Unheard: why militant protest is good for democracy, by Stephen D'arcy, reviewed by Andrew Dolan

Review: The Price of Experience

1 August 2014 The Price of Experience: writings on living with cancer, by Mike Marqusee, reviewed by Mika Minio-Paluello

Objects of change

24 July 2014 The new V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects is devoted to objects created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. Danielle Child spoke to co-curator Gavin Grindon



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